Dorothy M. Cole of West Burlington died peacefully in her home, Monday morning, May 13, 2019.
Born October 17, 1926 in New London. She was the daughter of John and Hope Van Osdol. She married Harold E. Cole April 10, 1976.
Dorothy was a graduate of BHS. While in high school, she started her career path in medical office work. That led her to 45 years of service with Burlington Hospitals as a medical secretary.
Dorothy loved the Lord and enjoyed worship. She cherished her family and friends. She loved giving of herself to help the needs of others. She showed kindness to all she met and shared her love of chocolate and ice cream.
Survivors include son Tracey (Julie) Barker of San Antonio, Texas; grandson Corey (Elise) Barker of Universal City, Texas; a great-grandson to arrive in July 2019; step-sons, Tom Cole, Eric Barker, and Tim Barker; step-daughter, Brenda Davey; sister, Delores Plummer; brother, John (Mary) Van Osdol; and grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harold; son, Van Barker; step-son, Jimmy Cole; and two sisters, Doris Green and Dolly England.
Visitation for family and friends will be Sunday, May 19, 2019 from 2-4:00 p.m. at Lunning Chapel. Graveside Service at Memorial Park Cemetery will be Monday, May 20, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. Pastor Elizabeth Bell will officiate.
According to Dorothy's wishes, cremation has been entrusted to Lunning Chapel.
Memorials have been established for RSVP Elder Services and Alzheimer's Association.
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I worked with Dorothy for years as a new physician. She was the most amazing at her job, she would know what to type even if I said it completely wrong. On top of that she was the nicest most giving individual I have ever met. Rest In Peace Dorothy you will always be remembered.
RIP my dear lady Dorothy! You were always so gentle to everyone you met. You took care of many in the hospitals you worked at. You took were such a generous and loving person. I know. You gave me your size 1 clothes after I had my 2nd daughter and it was so greatly appreciated! RIP my dear.
I live on West Van Weiss and would bake homemade cookies and share with Dorothy. She in turn would share with Dolly. She was such a nice lady and I will miss her. God bless.
I worked closely with Dorothy for many years at the hospital. She was an amazing secretary and person in so many ways. Her secretarial skills were legendary. I would watch her type reports at the speed of light, thinking "How can she do that and still be word perfect?". Many times I would hand scribble illegible reports and Dorothy was the only one capable of deciphering them. She always always went the extra miles to make sure the needs of patients and doctors were well taken care of. But beyond these wonderful skills, Dorothy possessed the special gift of charity - the capacity to love all people unconditionally and to feel empathy for their pains and sorrows. I would describe her as the "Mother Teresa" of the hospital. She was always looking for the one in need; the one needing a listening ear or a loving hug. Such people are literally a gift from God to the rest of us. She will be sorely missed, but always lovingly remembered. Jonathan Snow
Sweet lady, I really only got to know her just over a year ago, when her sister was ill. I will miss your response to Stacia e-mails Dorothy.. You made the world a better place.
Michele amd Stacia,
Sorry for your loss.
I met Dorothy in the Lab at the Hospital and she was a wonderful person. She always had a smile for everyone. My condolences go out to her family and friends. God Bless.
I am a daughter-in-law to Jonathan Snow. I was able to meet Dorothy many times during our visits to Iowa. She was so sweet! She made my children blankets when they were babies and they are their favorite. I wish I could take a picture of my son right now and share it. He is 12 years old and that sweet blanket she made him (although a bit worn) is snuggled right up on his chest. He cant sleep without it! She will be missed.
So sorry for your loss my name is Sheryl and Dorothy walked by my mother's house in West Burlington daily Dorothy would always stop and speak if we were outside one day she carried a teddy bear on her walk to give to my son he is now 11 and still has the teddy bear on his bed rip Dorothy
My thoughts and prayers are with her family! Dorothy was the sweetest person! She will be missed!
My name is Rebekah Snow Stanley. My father, Jonathan Snow, worked closely with Dorothy Cole for many years. Dorothy was one of the kindest and sweetest souls I’ve ever known. She would often send him home with cookies for us. We lived far from our grandparents and so Dorothy became our adopted grandmother. She loved us and was always so interested in all the things we were doing as we grew up. She was always so excited to see us when we visited our father’s office. No visit was complete without stopping in to hug Dorothy.
She made baby blankets for each of my children when they were born and those blankets were their favorites. One blanket was completely worn to shreds because of so much love. I saved a small piece of each blanket in my daughters’ and son’s scrapbooks to always remember them.
I will cherish my memories of her sweet gentleness and hope to be as kind and generous to others as she was. She always thought of others and lifted their days. She will be so missed.
Dorothy Cole will be missed by many. The world would be a better place if most people had the goodwill that Dorothy gave everyday.
Dorothy was also an "adopted grandmother" to me growing up. Whenever my mom would take me along to pick up dad from work, it seemed we'd always visit Dorothy too. Every time, she'd greet us with hugs and a secret stash of chocolate cookies. She'd ask how I was and then ask about all my other siblings as well. She's truly one of the most sweet, giving people I've ever met.
Dorothy was always kind and gracious whether passing her in the halls at work or at the mall. We occasionally talked and greeted each other almost daily. I will miss her smile and positivity. May God bless Dorothy & her family.
Our earthly angel has gone to be with Jesus. Thank you, Aunt Dorothy for being an amazing example of kindness. You will be greatly missed. Love you-Beth and Lonn
Aunt Dorothy inspired us every day to show kindness to each other. We miss you so much and so thankful for the time we were given to have you in our lives! Thank you for sending so many wonderful angel food cakes and treats to us while we lived in Phoenix! We loved seeing your name on the care package. We knew love was inside! Dennis and Becky
Mrs. Cole was my father's secretary and like an adopted grandmother to me and my siblings. We have fond memories of her coming over for holiday meals, sharing her baked treats with us, and attending various celebrations my family had growing up. She had more kindness and love in her little finger than people do in their entire bodies. :) I will remember her sweet smile and hope to see her again when my time on earth ends.
-Eliza Snow Morris
Im the cashier at mcdonalds, Im sorry for messing up your coffee so many times. I was pretty new and didn’t know what I was doing but you guys were always so patient and kind to me. I am so sorry for your loss. Heaven gained a beautiful angel
All I can say is what a wonderful person and she just made me smile. And in times like this I try to think of positive things through all the sadness, you know you were great when everyone in Burlington and surrounding areas knew your name
RIP Dorothy and thanks for taking care of a friend.
She was an absolutely wonderful woman. She was so kind and generous. She embodied Christ in all of her actions with her gentle spirit and helping hand. There were many days at work that were made much better by her being there. Your mother/sister/grandmother was greatly loved by her work family and my condolences to you for this great loss.
Dorothy, was a truly Loving Lady she will be a big void in alot of people's lives. Love thoughts and prayers and our deepest sympathy for your family🙏🙏
A beautiful loving lady in every way sending my deepest sympathy , thoughts, and love to her family. Dorothy will be a big loss in everyone's lives prayers for you all🙏🙏
She was such a sweet lady
So sorry for your loss, loved seeing Dorothy enjoying her daily walks when she lived in New London!
I grew up in Burlington and New London, she always had a smile on her face and encouraging words. She didn't know a stranger at all. I ran into her a lot and enjoyed talking to her!
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